Good bread sandwich, Ah Meng


Melbourne is currently under a cold spell, which started sometime last Thursday. We were returning from a home group at the Maury’s when I felt the brunt of it. For much of Friday, the cold and wet conditions persisted.

That cold spell enveloping the eastern and south eastern parts of Australia saw the Hawks play the Giants at the Manuka Oval in Canberra, in icy conditions. Towards the end of the second quarter, it snowed. Hawks triumphed over its more fancied opposition, and at a margin of 56 points at that too. What a win it was.

I woke up this morning to read United had thrashed Chelsea 4-0. It was an opening game of the new season and I hadn’t seen a win so big coming.

So it was a weekend that saw two of my favourite sporting teams prevailing. Sort of like a sandwich made up of very good bread.

The meat in this sandwich was more ordinary. As it was cold and wet right through the weekend, we slept in on Saturday morning and did some housework. Vacuuming, laundry and giving the little black jedi a bath seemed like good ideas for such a weekend.

After a late lunch and some grocery shopping, we came home and just pottered around the house, streaming stuff to watch. I’ve been watching Kevin Bacon strutting in the series “City on a Hill” – a raw Boston police series on Stan. So I watched a bit of that, before turning to free to air stuff. Jake Gyllenhaal in “Night Crawler” was a tight psychotic drama and we followed that up (toggling the footy on another channel) with Tom Hanks in “The Road to Perdition”.

Sunday was the usual too (more plain meat in a good bread sandwich). St Alf’s lunch and back for the week’s cook.


Earlier in the week, we had received some sad news. Yu Ming, a cousin of Tress and a really good man, had passed away. He was only 64. Ah Meng had started work at Tress’ dad’s business from the age of 14, so he had worked for the family for 50 years. He was a hardworking, pleasant and simple man. Always smiling and often laughing, I said to Tress he was an operations backbone of the business. His daughter had also worked in the business for a number of years and Tress’ dad had relied on her for a lot of his personal financial matters. She recently left the business to pursue her own interests and broaden her experience but with her father having passed on, they are asking her to return to the business. They are literally family to Tress and her family – Ah Meng was a nephew to her dad.

Not the first nor for the last time, I am reminded there but for the grace of God go I.

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